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The Bakery Bitesize #37

TOP TECH STORIES OF THE WEEK:

🚀  Nike raffles off Back to the Future self-lacing sneakers to benefit Parkinson’s research

27 years after the movie, the Nike Mag self-lacing sneakers from Back to the Future 11 have become a reality. However, only 89 pairs will be made and they will be handed out in an online raffle and all of the proceeds will go to the Michael J Fox Foundation which is looking to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

🚀  The Guardian hires in-house virtual reality team to work with brands

The Guardian News and Media team have unveiled a new virtual reality arm. Adam Foley (Commercial Strategy Director) explains that “as more people gain access to virtual reality, it becomes more important for media owners and advertisers to invest in their own presence on the platform and bring their brand to life.”

🚀  Samsung is buying the new AI assistant from the masterminds behind SIRI

Samsung has acquired Viv labs, a company who are experts in artificial intelligence. Viv Labs was co-founded by Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyner who developed Apple’s AI assistant SIRI.

WORKING LIKE AN ENTREPRENEUR… (EVEN IF YOU AREN’T ONE)

🚀  6 productivity hacks for the ambitious entrepreneur

Sam Udotong the co-founder of Fireflies.ai has written a great article with 6 tips on how to optimise productivity on your less efficient days without needing to learn about a new tool.

MAGICAL TECH

🚀  Artificial skin programmed to “feel” data by inflating or deflating in response to information

TECH IS MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

Finally here are some examples of how technology and innovation are making the world a better place. Find out how new smart textiles could produce and store solar energy, wind turbine tech could use a single Typhoon to power a country for 50 years, 3D printed ultrasounds enable blind mothers to “see” their baby for the first time and an artificial pancreas can make type-1 diabetes care much easier.